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#HFGather: Working Writers Chat with Sarah Aronson and Chris Tebbetts

On today’s #HFGather, Sarah Aronson and Chris Tebbetts dug deep into process, sharing the tools they use as they write and revise. Some bullet points:

  • From Sarah: “Story begets story, and writing begets writing.
  • Techniques for getting into the “flow” state.
  • A critique is not a “to do” list. Use it as a prompt to ask yourself WHY the critique gave you specific feedback.
  • From Chris: “You need 3 things: talent, luck and persistence–and persistence is the only one you can influence.”
  • Making a calendar for your draft can be a useful tool for making sure your time frame is right.
  • Play conquers fear.

Sarah gave a writing prompt: rewrite your first chapter from memory, and see what comes up. Thanks to her for naming her 3 C’s: creativity, curiosity and community.

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

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